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Black Bean, Chorizo & Sweet Potato Chili

Chili is one of my all-time favorite dishes. This recipe takes chili to the next level by changing up the flavors and adding a surprise--sweet potatoes. —Julie Merriman, Cold Brook, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings (4 quarts)


  • 1 pound uncooked chorizo, casings removed, or spicy bulk pork sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 poblano peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • Optional: Chopped jalapenos, chopped red onion and crumbled queso fresco


  • In a large skillet, cook and stir the chorizo, onion, poblanos and jalapenos over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until chorizo is cooked. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  • Stir in tomato paste. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, beans, stock and spices; stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until potatoes are tender. Stir in lime juice. If desired, top with chopped jalapenos, chopped red onion and crumbled queso fresco.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 263 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Aquarelle
    Dec 4, 2019

    My workplace had a chili cookoff last month and I prepared 1.5x the recipe and submitted it. They had two meteorologists from local TV stations in for judging, and they rated my chili a tie for second place, but my co-workers also submitted votes and I won the People's Choice award! I used only 5 sweet potatoes (actually yams) and 5 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Used 2 lbs. of chorizo, 1 lb. of mild and 1 lb. of spicy. Used 3 fresh jalapeños and 2 very large poblanos. Otherwise, pretty much made it as writ. Also provided sour cream, pickled jalapeños, oyster crackers and crumbled queso fresco for toppings. It was very interesting to observe how many people didn't know what queso fresco is and had to ask, or confused it with feta cheese. I felt like I was on a tape loop: "This is queso fresco. It's a mild Mexican cheese. It looks like feta, but it tastes nothing like feta. It makes a great topping for chili, and you can get it at Aldi for a reasonable price." I will be retiring in a little over three years, but now I'm on a mission to find more chili recipes to submit.

  • annrms
    Jun 28, 2019

    We greatly enjoyed this recipe. I used Italian hot sausage and 2 cans of mixed beans instead of just black beans. It was delicious with lime which I served on the side instead of stirring it in before serving. Never had queso fresco on chili before; it was very good! Loved the sweetness of the sweet potato, the spiciness of the hot sausage, and the smokiness of the cumin

  • Donna
    Oct 10, 2017

    A little too spicy for us, but the taste was good. Will make again and dial it back a notch. Makes a lot of chili!

  • karinw64
    Nov 22, 2016

    I wasn't sure how the sweet potatoes would be in this recipe, but it was very good. I used 1/2 lb chorizo and 1/2 lb ground beef, and omitted the jalapenos. We just don't like things really spicy. The flavors were excellent. It's a keeper!

  • mknurse
    Feb 7, 2013

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  • LindaMartinson
    Oct 26, 2012

    This chili was awesome. It has a smoky, rich flavor. I added 2 Tbs. brown sugar and 3 kung pao peppers. Substituted 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for the jalapeno peppers. Flavors were excellent.

  • hillary25
    Oct 9, 2012

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  • ktwiddy
    Aug 20, 2012

    OMG, this was such a big hit with my guest. I even made a 2nd batch for my vegetarian friends by substituting vegetarian bulk sausage for the chorizo and veg. stock in place of the beef stock.